First up, moving to London has always been a dream of mine and it came true this year. So much happens here, there are so many delicious food places and great social spots for all ages. This was a great opportunity for me to eat my way around London and beyond!I moved in with my vegan bestie, Claire. She has inspired me to branch out of my comfort zone and try amazing vegan food – I discovered a range of vegan, gluten free and diary free brands. From starters right through to desserts and snacks. My favourite vegan brands of 2018 are Linda Mccartney – their sausages and now their pizza selections and items that stand out. Strong Roots provide a great range of veges – currently loving their sweet potato fries. Violife Cheese create an amazing range of diary free cheeses. We recently hosted a vegan Christmas party with their latest cheeseboard! However my favourite flavour from them is their mozzarella, a great flavour and it melts, which is amazing for a dairy free cheese!
Last but not least my favourite chocolate brands are The Raw Chocolate Company – Salted Caramel Vanoffe a replacement for white chocolate, Vego – a rich nutty bar of chocolate that reminds me of Ferrero Rocher (this is a much loved classic amongst vegans) and recently I found Cocoa Libre a silky milk free chocolate I will be buying in the future.
The top three restaurants of 2018 – Comme Chez Maman, Sketch and The Palomar – it was actually a hard choice picking which restaurant was my ultimate favourite of 2018 so I chose 3 and I’ve listed them in no particular order. They all had fantastic service and incredible food. I visited Comme Chez Maman in Paris by Chef Wim Van Gorp in early November, the service was on point Chloe and Catlin were amazing front of house, they really made our Paris trip! My partner and I were talking about this restaurant for days even after landing back in London.
My third choice was my recent trip to The Palomar, which I recently featured on my blog. The team were excellent they went above and beyond to cater to your every need and the food was mouthwateringly good!
My top three desserts of 2018 – Matcha Fondant from Machiya, tiny pots from Sticks’n’Sushi and Yolkin. I am a lover of all things sweet so the best sweet desserts I have had this year was a Matcha Fondant from Machiya a Japanese restaurant off Haymarket, London. I still can remember my first bite, it was orgasmic. My sister and I took 5 to 10 minutes figuring out the best word to describe it, to be honest you have to try it for yourself, especially if you love matcha, as much as I do. All we could conjure up was, ‘a heavenly rich matcha genache’, the first bite was mind blowing. Highly recommend!
My third favourite is the matcha macaroon ice cream sandwiche, from Yolkin – a tasty sweet matcha flavour with giant macaroons. Although it is not normally sold as a macaroon sandwich however it can be found in their ice cream scoops section, they love creating new flavours every other week to entice and excite our tastebuds.
This year has been exhilarating. I never thought I’d work with such amazing and passionate people. Thank you to the collaborations I had this year – Sophie, a home cook and Mum who hosted me and my friends at her successful Supper Club Dining experience. We indulged in 3 exquisite french courses, she was an amazing host and we loved every moment of it!